Your new Au Pair will need to learn new routines while also adjusting to your family and new surroundings. She may not pick up everything you say at first as she is adjusting to a new language, so in this posting we provide some tips and a tool you can use to help her learn your routines and tasks.
Before your Au Pair arrives document the routine for each day of the week. Talk her through the routine and give her a printed copy, also pin up the schedule in a place where she can easily refer to them (for example in the kitchen).
Be available to show her how to carry out some of the tasks. Explain why you do things the way you do so she can understand your preferences.
Over the first few days show her how your oven works, how the washing machine works, where plates and pots are placed, where your recycling and garbage bins are, and where cleaning equipment is for her bedroom and bathroom.
Engage in play and include your Au Pair to help the children get used to the new member of the Family.
Do not expect your Au Pair to get everything completely right at the start. Be patient and run through it again.
Generally it takes a couple of weeks to get used to the routine, and about a month to settle into a new family. It all so typically takes a month for an Au Pair to feel comfortable regularly speaking a different language.
If you are transitioning between Au pairs it is ideal to have the new Au Pair start about a week before your current Au Pair leaves. Your new Au Pair can shadow the current Au Pair and share some of the tasks as a way to become familar with the routine. This takes some of the hand over responsibility off you, though it is still recommended you spend time discussing your preferences.
This can also help your new Au Pair create social connections, learning about things to do in the area and meeting the current Au Pair's local friends.
|6:30am||Start time – Host mum leaves for work
|7:00am||Prepare Ethan’s breakfast
|Breakfast choices are posted on the fridge|
|7:30am||Pack Ethan’s school bag
Take lunch and drink bottle from fridge and put in school bag
|7:40am||Make Ethan’s bed
Help Ethan get dressed into school uniform
|8:15am||Take Ethan to school
Text Mum and let her know Ethan is at school
|2:15pm||Leave to pick Ethan up from School and return home|
|3:00pm||Text host mum and let her know Ethan is home||Ethan is allowed up to 30 minutes of childrens television|
|3:30pm||Offer Ethan a small snackPlay with Billie||Offer fruit|
|4:45pm||Prepare Ethan’s dinner||Dinner details are posted on the fridge|
|5:15pm||Give Ethan his dinner|
|5:30pm||Put any toys away and general tidy of Ethan’s play corner|
|5:30pm||Parents arrive home|